Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. affairs in Old Louisa.
Louisa C. H. May 24, 1861.
I send you a line from this good old secession county.
Our election passed off very quietly on yesterday, although there was polled in the county a much larger vote than usual, and the people are very deeply interested in the great question of the day. All of the precincts, except three small ones, have been officially heard from and unofficial returns have been received from them, so that the result in the county is pretty well ascertained.
We had no vote in opposition to the Ordinance of Secession — A. R. Holliday
received almost a unanimous vote for the Board of Public Works--there was a decided majority in favor of ad valorem
taxation, and Mr. Wm. T. B. Nelson
is probably elected to the House of Delegates, though the official returns from the three precinets yet to be heard from may alter the result.
was the only candidate in the field, but many of the friends of William M. Ambler
unwilling to lose his services from the councils of the State
, determined to vote for him, notwithstanding he refused to declare himself a candidate.
The result is, that in spits of the fact that no polls were opened for him at several of the largest precinets in the county, and he lost many votes at others from his not being a candidate, there was given such a spontaneous expression of the affection of the people for him, that he is defeated by a very small majority-- if, indeed, he is defeated at all. Had it been generally known in the county that he would be voted for, he would have undoubtedly been elected by an overwhelming majority.
has now four volunteer companies in the field, three others are nearly ready, and yet others will be forthcoming when called for. Louisa
was one of the few counties that sent a Secessionist to the Convention
without opposition, and she is now ready to redeem the promise made by her delegate, that she would be fully ready when the tug of war came.
The ladies of the Court-House
and vicinity have been busily engaged making up uniforms, knapsacks, tents, &c., for our volunteers, and the ladies in other parts of the county have been at the same good work.
While I writes--1 o'clock at night — a large number of our ladies are waiting to greet the South Carolina Volunteers, who are expected to pass on the cars at 2 o'clock, with flowers, ice-water, and, what will probably prove more acceptable, a nice supper, which they prepared in the expectation of seeing the gallant sons of the Palmetto State
at 10 o'clock, but which they have determined to give them if they have to sit up all night.
We gave the 1st Regiment South Carolina Volunteers an enthusiastic reception as they passed our village yesterday evening, and we will be no less cordial to their brethren who are expected to-night.